Tesla wouldn’t offer any updates on its long-awaited SUV at a press conference on Friday but it gave us something else to get excited about. Tesla just debuted Ludicrous mode for the Model S sedan that promises to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. It will be a $13,000 option on top of the base price of the Model S P85D.
Ludicrous mode requires a 90kWh upgrade from the 85kWh hour battery, which will cost $3,000 plus a $10,000 upgrade to enable this acceleration. The upgrade in battery pack will ad 15 miles of range to the top-of-the-line Model S, bringing range to 300 miles even.
This 0-60 mph time puts the Model S close in acceleration time to the Porsche 911 Turbo S, which is one of the fastest cars money can buy. It also puts the Model S far ahead of the Dodge Charger Hellcat, which can only manage a 0-60 sprint of 3.7 seconds. The P85D is still limited to a top speed of 155 mph, trailing the Charger Hellcat’s 204 mph substantially.
Ludicrous Mode will also be available on the Model X SUV, though Musk noted that the 0-60 mph time would only take 3.3 seconds, since the SUV is heavier and taller. Read more…